Monday, December 19, 2016
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~ Happy Holidays ~
from The Glades Initiative, Inc.

Mon, Dec. 19   10:00am-1:00pm    PBC Legislative Delegation, Dolly Hand
Thur, Dec. 22   5:00am-8:00pm     Holiday in the Park, Tanner Park
Glades Area ________________________
The Glades Initiative, Inc. Holiday Hours

Our office will be closed December 24th - January 2nd.
We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Nuestra oficina estará cerrado desde el 24 de Diciembre hasta el 2 de Enero.
Abriremos de nuevo Martes el 3 de Enero.

Ofis la ap femin 24 Desam juska 2 Janvye.
Nou ap retounin Madi 3 Janvye.
Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation Public Hearing Deleg

The third and final Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation public hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 19, 2016 from 10:00am - 1:00pm at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. At this meeting all local bills that have been submitted for consideration will be heard by the Delegation and voted on.

WHEN: Monday, December 19, 2016  10:00am - 1:00pm

WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430 
BElegant CreativEvents Planning and Kings Tutoring and Mentoring Foundation Presents:
Holiday Festival in the Park Park

Take the kids to see Santa, take pictures and receive a gift. There will be games, arts & crafts, give-a-ways and community candle light Christmas carols.

Accepting donations of toys, educational toys, candy stuffed stockings, gift cards, wrapping paper and tape. For their Homeless Outreach Program Christmas Give-Away they are in need of personal hygiene and toiletry products: toothpaste, soap, body wash, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, shaving cream, toilet tissue, show shoes and towels.

WHEN: Thursday, December 22, 2016   5:00pm - 8:00pm

WHERE: Tanner Park, 105 Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL

Sponsored by: Sponsors: Thrive For A Change, Albert-Alexis, Polk/DMB/Muck City Riders, KingJ Photography, DJ BIGG Bab, City Of South Bay, PBSO/PBC Fire Rescue, "Santa's Coming" and Willie Frank Marshall Jr.

For more information call 561-449-3793  
Hearing Symposia

We are excited to bring on an audiologist that will provide FREE services for people 60 years and older. With these FREE services, this will include hearing aid checks, cleanings, replacing tubes and the testing of hearing.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 27, 2016  10:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE: 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, call: (561)996-4808


Click here for a flyer 

Light House Café: Christmas Hygiene Gift Bags

This holiday season we are inviting you to make a difference in the lives of others by helping us gift personal hygiene bags to those in need.

Items needed:
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath soaps
  • Lotions
  • Shampoo
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Socks
Please contact Martha Lynn Weeks (561)993-7020 to schedule a pick-up or delivery. Donations can be delivered to the Light House Café, 400 SW Avenue B, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here for a flyer
Pahokee Chamber of Commerce:
Discount South Florida Fair Tickets on Sale!

This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year so if you or anyone you know is planning on attending the fair this year please get your tickets from the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce!

For more information, contact Regina Bohlen at (561)924-5579

Pahokee Chamber of Commerce
115 E Main Street, Suite A, Pahokee, FL 33476
New Migrant Pre-K Unit to Open at Gove Elementary

This unit will provide:
  •     Free transportation to and from school
  •     10 hours per day
  •     Bilingual staff  
Enrolling students now! Migrant Office, 2625 NW 16th St. Belle Glade, Florida
Please contact Carolyn Vickers at (561)992-2122 for more information .
December 2016 and January 2017 Library Events

Here's what's happening at your local library!

Click here to view December schedule
Click here to view January schedule
FREE Neighborhood Revitalization Course

Palm Beach County's Office of Community Revitalization will offer a five-week, hands-on educational program providing community revitalization and civic leadership development.

The Residential Education to Action Program (REAP) will take place in Belle Glade. The course and all materials are FREE but a commitment for the entire five-week course is required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHEN: Beginning Thursday, January 26, 2017  6:00pm - 8:30pm
            - Every Thursday through February 23, 2017
            *Must be committed to attending all five sessions

WHERE: Quiet Waters Assisted Living, 306 SW 10th Street, Belle Glade, FL

Click here for more information and to register.
Trustbridge Hospice is Looking for Volunteers

Since 1978, Trustbridge Hospice (you may know us as Hospice of Palm Beach County) has been caring for our community. Our compassionate professionals provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to families facing serious illness.

We are looking for caring individuals to become hospice volunteers to visit with patients and families in the Glades area during their time of greatest need.  Whatever your interests or skills, you can have a meaningful impact on the lives of others. We provide training in Belle Glade!

Please call us at (561)227-5138 or visit to learn more about becoming a hospice volunteer.
CROS Ministries This Week  

A weekly update especially for CROS Liaisons, Board Members, Friends, and  Volunteers:

Click here to view
FRAC Weekly Digest

This periodical e-newsletter focuses on nutrition, anti-obesity, and anti-hunger efforts.

Click here to view
Happy Holidays from Community Partners!

We would like to thank you for partnering with us this year and bringing the gift of hope to hundreds of children and families across Palm Beach County.

Click here to view
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
Monday Morning Update

See how the Children's Services Council is working for our children:

Click here to view
CareerSource Job Opportunities in the Glades Career 

Are you 17-24 years old?
Not employed?
Out of school?
Ready to work?

Find out if you are eligible to participate in a five-week, paid work readiness program.

Looking to get into a Geriatric Healthcare career? Click here for more information

Job Opportunities

In the Glades

The Sun
In Other Areas

Executive Assistant ~ Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Jupiter, FL
Office Manager ~ Jack The Bike Man, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Development Associate ~ Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL
Job Developer ~ Youth Co-Op Inc., Miami, FL
Program Assistant I ~ Youth Co-Op Inc., Miami, FL
Economic Empowerment Advocate ~ Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., Delray Beach, FL
Child Welfare Domestic Violence Advocate ~ Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., Delray Beach, FL
Program Analyst ~ Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., Delray Beach, FL
Victim Advocate ~ Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., Delray Beach, FL
Maintenance Worker ~ The Arc of Palm Beach County, Riviera Beach, FL
Pantry Coordinator ~ CROS Ministries, Lake Worth & West Palm Beach, FL
Program Manager ~ Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, West Palm Beach, FL 
Other Areas________________________


Last Call for HAMP
(Home Affordable Modification Program)

HAMP is a loan modification program designed to reduce delinquent and at-risk borrowers' monthly mortgage payments. HAMP is effective for mortgages originated on or prior to January 1, 2009, and will expire on December 31, 2016.

The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Urban League of Palm Beach County, Inc. have joined forces to provide attorneys and loan counselors to help you complete your modification application and answer any questions you have about home retention and HAMP programs at a FREE event at the Urban League office.

WHEN: Monday, December 19, 2016  10:00am - 7:00pm

WHERE: Urban League of Palm Beach County, 1700 N Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here to learn how to register and what to bring
The Community Action Advisory Board WILL NOT BE MEETING THIS WEEK

Please be reminded that the Community Action Advisory Board will NOT meet tomorrow, December 20th.

Our next regular meeting will be held on:

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017  6:00pm

WHERE: 810 Datura Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

For more information, please contact Grant Compliance Specialist, Doris Davis at  or (561) 355-4706.
Oakton Preserve Workforce Housing Program

Combined with a Builder incentive program that includes all buyer closing costs , the City of  West Palm Beach is also providing funds up to $20,000  for down payment assistance for qualified buyers.  Interested buyers must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 140% Area Median Income limits for the jurisdiction of Palm Beach County, FL

Click here for more information
Spirit of Giving Complimentary Tickets for Boca Raton Bowl

As the Official Charity Partner for the Boca Raton Bowl scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Spirit of Giving is coordinating the distribution of game day tickets to qualified non-profit organizations and their clients as well as Veteran's Groups and their families. Tickets will ONLY be available for pickup on game day; a time will be announced as to when tickets may be picked up.

Click here to request tickets

Leading & Loving: Faith Based Parenting Seminar

Pre-registration required. Leading & Loving is a new adult-only program for any parent, grandparent, or guardian of a child from birth to 11 years old.

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017   8:00am - 3:30pm

WHERE: St. Juliana Catholic Church, 4500 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Click here for more information and how to register.

SAVE THE DATE: Senior Digital Literacy Summit

At this event we will discuss creating sustainable technology programs for older adults in Palm Beach County, and lead a planning discussion on ways to rally government, corporate, and philanthropic sectors around the issue of digital literacy and seniors.

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2017  9:00am

WHERE: 2701 N Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here for more information
Stop Human Trafficking Adult/Teen Workshop

Brought to you by I Am Who I Am, Inc. & FRCWC
Led by a representative of the Department of Justice

     WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2017  11:00am - 2:00pm

     WHERE: 2708 N. Australian Avenue, Suite 13, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here for a flyer

To register, email
STEAM 2017: A Conversation with PITBULL

On February 1st, the Palm Beach State College Foundation welcomes PITBULL (Armando Christian Perez) as the keynote speaker for the Foundation's 2017 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) luncheon presented by Bank of America. PITBULL, who is first generation Cuban American is a Grammy award winning music icon and global entrepreneur. He will discuss his life story and the importance of education, which he is passionate about, and the relationship between music, math and science.Net proceeds support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs and student scholarships. Help prepare students for high tech, high demand careers to fulfill the workforce needs of local companies.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2017  11:30am

WHERE: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Purchase individual seats, tables, an ad in the event program book, or sponsor this event! Call the Foundation office at 561-868-3450 or visit:

Tickets are $175 if purchased by Dec. 15 and $200 after that date. A table of 10 is $1,700.

SAVE THE DATE: Caregiving Youth Institute Conference

The American Association for Caregiving Youth® (AACY), a nonprofit corporation that is the only national resource for children who provide care for family members who are ill, injured, elderly or disabled, recently established its Caregiving Youth Institute (CYI) to raise the level of awareness of the multi-system needs of caregiving youth along with solutions for their support through the multiple initiatives of C.A.R.E.(Connection, Advocacy, Research, and Education).

WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017  8:00am - 2:00pm

WHERE: Safe Schools Institute, 1790 Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton, FL

Click here for more information:
I Am Royal:
2nd Annual Girls Empowerment Workshop & Banquet

FREE for girls grades 4-12!


     WHEN: Friday, July 28, 2017  8:00am - 4:00pm

     WHERE: 2708 N. Australian Avenue, Suite 13, West Palm Beach, FL 33407


      WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017  6:00pm - 10:00pm

     WHERE: The Plaza Ball Room, 111 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Click here for a flyer

To register, email

Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___


Bridges at Belle Glade December 2016 Calendar of Events

Here's what's happening at Bridges at Belle Glade in December!

Click here to view schedule
Federation of Families December 2016 Calendar of Events

Here's what's happening at The Federation of Families in December!

Click here to view schedule
FREE Legal Services at The Glades Initiative, Inc. Legal

Need legal services? (Child Support, Fair Housing, Immigration, etc.)

Services will be provided by attorney working through the Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Division, Richard Abedon. All services are offered in
English, Spanish, and Creole.

Call the Glades Initiative, Inc. to make an appointment and find out if you are eligible:

Click here to learn more
Street Beat's 20 Year Anniversary Gala

WHEN: Friday, December 23, 2016  6:00pm

WHERE: Riviera Beach Marina Event Center, 200 E 13th St, Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Click here for more information

Fall 2016 Economic Development and Housing & Community Redevelopment Newsletters

Palm Beach County's Department of Economic Sustainability (DES) administers programs for business development, housing, and community initiatives. This department's mission is:
To advance community sustainability by increasing economic competitiveness and improving the elements that create a high quality of life for Palm Beach County's residents.

Click here for the Economic Development Newsletter

Click here for the Housing & Community Redevelopment Newsletter

Free Eye Care for the Rest of 2016

The Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, in coordination with Community Health Center of West Palm Beach (2100 W 45th Street, Suite A-8, West Palm Beach, FL) will be offering free eye care to eligible residents for the rest of the year. Call (561)840-8681 for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Glades Family Fun Fest

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the date of our 2nd Annual Family Fun Fest!

WHEN: Saturday, February 25th, 2017   Times TBA

WHERE: Pioneer Park, 866 SR 715, Belle Glade, FL

If you are intereste in becoming a vendor at this event, call: (561)355-1125
Affordable Care Open Enrollment OPEN

Do you have Health Insurance?  Affordable Care Open Enrollment 2017 is November 1, 2016 to January 31 st, 2017. A certified Healthcare will be at the Belle Glade and Pahokee Library. The epilepsy foundation of Florida (EFOF) provides FREE assistance to consumers to sign for affordable healthcare on the Federal Marketplace. EFOF is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated or paid by any insurance company. EFOF offers consumers trusted unbiased advice regarding their Health insurance needs

Belle Glade Library
WHEN: Monday - Wednesday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL
Pahokee Library

WHEN: Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Library, 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee, FL
For more information or to schedule an appointment call: 1(877) 553-7453

Click here for more details
Previous Postings - Other Areas___
Two-Day Grant Writing Seminar

Learn how to seek out and write grants! ($175 for one day or $300 for both days)

WHEN: December 15-16, 2016  10:30am - 4:30pm

WHERE: Compass Community Center, 201 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL

Click here for a flyer

Leadership Aspire Series

Leadership Aspire is a series of quarterly 4 hour workshops of themes including communication, strategic planning, leading change, and
maximizing leadership.

WHEN:    Leading Change ~ February 24, 2017    8:00am -  12:00pm
               Maximizing Leadership ~ April 28, 2017    8:00am -  12:00pm

WHERE: 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461
Click here to learn more
Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County  
Upcoming Events

Click here for a flyer and to register for the events listed below

Be Merge and Be Merge for Infants and Children Online Training

Sign up today for our Be Merge and Be Merge for Infants and Children Online Training. 6 CMEs available through USF Health for doctors, 6 CEUs for nurse practitioners and mental health professionals.561-832-3755

WHEN: December 20, 2016   8:00am

WHERE: Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County,
              909 Fern St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401


In an Age of Violence: Helping Children and Families Cope

This conference will examine ways to decrease the effects of toxic stress, depression, and anxiety resulting from violence in their neighborhoods, homes, and in the media.

WHEN: April 20 - 21, 2017

WHERE: Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Leadership Focus

Leadership Focus is our program for those interested in deepening their knowledge about Palm Beach County, but who just don't have the time or experience to participate in our nine-month Leadership Program.  It's a 2 ½ day program for executives and professionals who want to broaden their understanding of our community, connect with people of influence, and explore Palm Beach County's strengths, challenges and initiatives.

WHEN: January 18, 19, and 26, 2017

Click here to learn more

1HTC Consortium Summit

This summit will bring together Florida's SE Region (Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami
Dade, and Monroe counties), Anti Human Trafficking Coalitions, and the communities to
coordinate, collaborate, and cooperate in the fight against Human Trafficking.

WHEN: January 24-25, 2017

WHERE: Broward College Bailey Hall, 3501 Davie Rd, Davie, FL 33314

Registration is due by October 1, 2016
Click here to learn more

Save the Date:
23rd Annual FRHA Rural Health Educational Summit

Summit Topics:
  • Drugs, Heroin, and Opiods in Rural Florida
  • Florida Legislative Panel
  • POLST and the Legislature
  • Billing and Coding
  • Physician Workforce Trends
  • Florida Surgeon General
  • Medicaid Managed Care and Rural Providers
  • What Rural Health Care Leaders are Saying
  • Healthcare Workforce

WHEN: February 28 - March 1, 2017 (Times TBD)

WHERE: Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Click here for more information

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the Glades area
Check out Volunteer Opportunities at the Glades Initiative or opportunities with our Partners in the Glades
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